I've got 10 days stopover in singapore coming up soon, but as I'm backpacking, I don't particularly want to spend all that time in Singapore, so really, I'm after any suggestions of other places that it's possible to visit - is it worth gettting up to Kula Lumper? And whats the best (or cheapest) way of getting around?
Re your various questions:
1) Going over to KL for a few days? Yes and No. Yes for the experience and no.. it is another concrete jungle like Singapore
2) Other places to visit - now this would be interesting... r u into eco-tourism or ??? U could come over to Singapore and book the tours going into Malaysia - Taman Negara (National Park); or go relax by sea and surf - Palau Tioman - snorkeling and sun bathing... or u want to move into Phuket, Thailand for a 3 - 4 day stay... the options are plentiful... it's just what do u want to see or do?
3) Cheapest way to travel - in Singapore? or KL? Well for both, public transport is cheap within the city... and the taxis are plentiful...
Hear from you on what u intend to do and then I can comment / suggest further
Well, basically, I've got 10 days, until I fly out of Singapore and onto Australia, and then Thailand, so going to Thailand in these ten days is not necessary. I need accomodation that is inexpensive really, and the two nights I have already got booked in Singapore are quite expensive, so I though that KL may be cheaper. Really I just want as many 'cultural' or you know, natural experiences as I can get. It's at the start of my trip so I'll be quite active and keen to do as much as I can. Do you know how long it takes by train to get to KL from Singapore?
Singapore in modern city, if you like cheap accommodation, try the china town area. or YMCA near orchard road is ok.
To go from SG to KL, you can go by train or bus will take you around 4 hours. or log in to www.airasia.com it's a budget airlines and it's very cheap they even now do singapore to Bangkok or from KL to Bangkok.
worth to check.
Malaysia, you can try Langkawi, Penang or Tioman Island.
Of course it's worth getting up to Malaysia.
The following information may be helpful to you.
If you are coming to Malaysia, I would be able to help you as I live in Kuala Lumpur and possibly join you too! .
By the way, a train from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur will take you around 6-7 hours for 34 ringgit (1 pound = 7 ringgit). If you're taking a night train, it would be about 8 hours.
More info on train rides at http://www.ktmb.com.my/
You could visit Bintan or Batam, two Indonesian islands at short ferry distance from Singapore. Staying over there is expensive, the ferry isn't.
You may require a visa. Another option (by bus) is Melakka in Malaysia.
Try Melaka, it is closer to Singapore than KL and not another "concrete jungle" there is a crocodile preserve there and an old Dutch settlement and church that is a must see... if you like that sort of thing. Accomodations there are inexpensive, but I don't recall the name of the place I stayed. I hope you make it there, it holds some of my fondest memories of Malaysia.
I just arrived in Singapore myself. Its been raining although todays weather is beautiful!
I'm staying at Betel Box
price is S$18 and it includes breakfast and free internet. Looks like you are staying longer than me, Betelbox has a discount price for longer stays. They are in the East Coast of Singapore where the Peranakan district is. The beach is 20minutes walk away.
The guys at the hostel just came back from diving in the east cost of malaysia at Pulau Dayang. Diving season is apparently back in full swing. The way they do it here is that they travel up on a Fri night and return on a Sun night. Most of the dive companies do a all in one package like dives, accomodations, food and transports. From what I hear, whole package at Tioman with 6 dives is about S$260 (less than a hundred quid)!
Think you'll find that buses will take less time to get to KL; about 4 hours. Cheapest I found here is about S$15 and thats from Lavender St bus terminal. I'm planning to do Penang rather than Melaka.
You may want to check out this guide from the betel box
I'm planning to do Pulau Ubin and Bukit Timah Hill which are supposed to be quite good.
I would definitely recomend Penang over Melaka, but if you're looking to stay close to Sing than Melaka is probably your better bet.